“Countering Violent Extremism” Bill is Wrong Response to Orlando Terrorist Attack

In the wake of the Islamic terrorist attack in Orlando that left 49 people dead and 53 injured, Americans expect a strong and serious Congressional response to make our country safer and help prevent future attacks. Today, the House will vote on H.R. 5471, the Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act. Unfortunately, the bill is neither a serious response nor will it help make our country safer.

The bill is actually a combination of three previously passed bills. The main provision (H.R. 4401) perpetuates the failed and misguided strategy of “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) as an approach to fighting terrorism. The Heritage Foundation’s Robin Simcox explains the purpose of CVE in his recent article The Unmentionable Origins of Terrorism:  

There has been a concerted attempt to scrub any religious aspect from the actions of ISIS and al-Qaeda: That is why phrases like “violent extremism” even exist. (First mainstreamed by the British government, “violent extremism” was dreamed up as a way to avoid saying “Islamic” or “Islamist” extremism in the months after the July 2005 suicide bombings in London. The phrase swiftly traveled across the Atlantic and into the U.S. government’s vocabulary.)”

As Rep. David Brat (R-VA) 94% noted in his op-ed What Congress Didn’t Do This Week to Stop Terrorism:

“These bills supposedly “counter violent extremism” (CVE,) but they actually do nothing to tackle the underlying danger that Islamic extremism poses here in the U.S. “Countering violent extremism” is a euphemistic, politically-correct term that refuses to name, let alone solve, the threat posed to the U.S by Islamists across the globe.

“For the first time in a decade, Americans rank terrorism as the top problem the U.S. faces, and the fact that there are nearly 900 homegrown ISIS cases being investigated by the FBI across all 50 states shows that these concerns are valid. Instead of passing a package of do-nothing bills … GOP leadership should allow votes on bills that will ensure the safety and security of all U.S. citizens.”

Instead of perpetuating the Obama administration’s preferred approach, House Republicans should lead with serious policies to make us safer. Whatever the answer is to Orlando, we know it is not a 9-page CVE bill. As Simcox made clear:  

“A new, bolder method is needed. The CVE strategy is the symptom of a craven approach to addressing the causes of terrorism.”

House Republicans should listen to this advice and forge a new path forward, taking strong and serious action to secure our citizens from Islamic terrorist threats, not furthering a failed policy that makes for little more than a talking point.

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5 thoughts on ““Countering Violent Extremism” Bill is Wrong Response to Orlando Terrorist Attack

  1. By now, even the “Bought and Paid-For” GOP Elitist “Leaders” must know that the Obama cabal is toxic and is systematically destroying the United States. The “Leadership” needs to serve the people who elected them, preserve the Constitution, and protect the rights and liberty of the citizens. In short – they should oppose any and every action Obama and the Democrats want.

  2. The GOP majority should counteract the limits that White House has placed on the FBI in identifying and pursuing leads among all sources including Muslims. This would include identify suspects via social media, international communications, and travels. When suspects have made contact with ISIS or other known terrorists in any manner, that they be charged with treason and held for trial. This should be passed as a bill consistent with established law and/or prior application and sent to the President for signature (the ball being put in his court).

  3. I have studied history concerning Islam for years. Today, they have many tribes and various separate groups within their entire worldwide movement. Yet, the all hold fast to much of the doctrine of Muhammad the follower leaders who developed the system. It basically is a civil, social Governmental movement with heavy religious ideas of a very unusual anti human positions. Some of these I will mention and they all adhere to it in some form or fashion. Not all Muslims are active in the aberrant and evil deeds, but the foot soldiers of the various entities carry these things out and the people support, follow the ideas by either engaging in them or just being silent and faithful to the cause. But within the movement you will find a very dedicated adherence to: violence, terrorism, forceful actions upon others to be Muslims are be punished or even killed, women abused and held as slaves to men, polygamy, abuse of children by teaching them to hate and use weapons against others, etc.! ON and On I could go. Things like this in America are not only frowned upon but against the law. So, a true Muslim faithful to their cause would never merge and fit into our society. Never! They believe in teachings which go against the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They prefer laws like Sharia law which is terrible. Yet, we see Congress, the Presidency, and others promoting and working to bring more of these type people into a system where they will never be a part of but rather cause us much misery and problems and even bring death to many. This has to stop! Someone needs to insist that a Muslim has to believe in and support our basic Rule of Law or they cannot be a citizen and live here. You certainly could not vote either believing like they believe. This is sick!

  4. You are so right on this strange Islamic ideology and I do believe we should have very strict laws and punishment for those who break our laws and who are trying to override our Constitution. However, this will be with us for a very long time because they are allowed by their “god” and their “prophet” to lie if it is to their advantage. We must form a national strategy against this insidious ideology or we shall be consumed by their hatred.

  5. Quran, Sura 9, Verse 29: “Fight against those who believe not in allah,nor in the last day, norforbid that which has been forbidden by allahand his messenger and those who acknoledge not the religion of truth (i.e. islam) among the people of the scripture (meaning Jews and Christians), until they pay the jizah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued (willing slaves).
    Sura 47, Verse 4: So when you meet those who disbelieve (in allah’s cause), smite at their necks till you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind and bond firmly (take them as captives and slaves). Now you tell me, what is wrong with simply killing the rabid pigs that believe this crap? Arm everybody, and anytime a muslim brandishes a weapon, kill him.

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